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Medical Geology of Africa

  • ID: 5130563
  • Book
  • January 2021
  • Region: Africa
  • 700 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Medical Geology of Africa explores the connection between geological materials, processes and the health of humans and animals. The book fosters an improved understanding of the ways in which the geological environment impacts the geographical distribution of health problems and how they contribute to better diagnoses and therapy. Africa's unique geoenvironmental condition gives added relevance to such studies, underlining the need for geoscience and public health students and practitioners to understand new principles and applications. Chapters in the book provide extended enquiry-based investigations and examples that employ real geochemical datasets, epidemiological records, public health statistics and visualizations.
  • Provides a suggested interdisciplinary curriculum for departments interested in designing a medical geology program
  • Includes more than 250 full-color illustrations and photographs
  • Features extended inquiry-based investigations and examples that employ real geochemical datasets, epidemiological records, public health statistics and visualizations
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PART I. FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOCHEMISTRY 1. Elements 2. Minerals. 3. Trace Metals 4. Environmental Geochemistry

PART II. PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL GEOLOGY 5. Natural, Geological Effects 6. Anthropogenic Effects

PART III. APPLICATIONS OF MEDICAL GEOLOGY 8. Environmental Geochemistry and Epidemiology 9. Geochemical Instrumentation and Analysis

PART IV 10. Research Methods in Medical Geology 11. Project Selection and Report Writing in Medical Geology 12. Conclusion

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Davies, Theophilus Clavell
Prof. Davies' teaching and research activities encompass three main themes: combating environmental health impacts of mining in Africa; isolating and obviating the effects of climate change on human health in African megacities; and improvement of ethical standards in African geoscience practice. He is the founder of Medical Geology in Africa, the new and exciting discipline that has, within a relatively short time, contributed successfully towards improvement of diagnoses and therapy of many of the environmental diseases that have been plaguing the African people. His work includes both field and laboratory studies and has led to a wide range of publications (over 200), including editorship of six special issues of high impact journals. Before joining the Department at Nsukka, he was a Research Professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Mangosuthu University of Technology in South Africa. He is the recipient of several distinguished fellowships and research awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship of Germany and the 2014 Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society's Shell Petroleum Award. He holds (or has held) executive positions in a number of international geoscientific steering committees such as: Member of the Governing Council and Board of Trustees of the Geological Society of London, U.K. (1996 - 2000); Member of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Centre for Global-Scale Geochemistry (2016 - 2021); Regional Councillor for Africa of the Association of Applied Geochemists (2006 - Present); and Councillor for Geoscience of the International Medical Geology Association (2011 - 2015).
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